On Wednesday evening against the San Antonio Spurs, the Washington Wizards were delivered one of the biggest scares of their season in the third quarter when star point guard John Wall was poked in the right eye.
Wall was going up for a shot in the paint when the injury occurred. The Spurs’ defender raised his hand in an attempt to block Wall’s shot, but ended up hitting him in the face. Wall immediately went to the floor in obvious pain and was helped off the floor and didn’t return. At the time of this article, not much is known regarding Wall’s condition and future.
Should Wall be forced to miss sometime, this would be a huge blow to the Wizards. Last year when Wall was out several months with a knee injury, we saw just how much of an impact he has on this team both when he is and isn’t there. The offense runs much more smoothly, the buckets come easier and the offense is much more efficient.
This season, we’ve seen that impact. While Washington is off to a cold 2-6 starts, it hasn’t been because of a poor effort from Wall. So far in this young season, Wall averages 17.4 points per game to along with 9.6 assists per game. Prior to his exit in Wednesday night’s game, Wall had 14 points.
Luckily for the Wizards, their next game isn’t until Saturday so Wall has plenty of time to rest that eye and get back to 100-percent. In the event that he isn’t ready by Saturday, Eric Maynor is next in line for his spot. Wall is an important player and without him, the Wizards have very little chance at making the playoffs, something many have predicted them to do this season.